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WCVM’s research breadth represented at Fall Convocation

From tracking communicable diseases in dogs and improving understanding of Lyme disease to leading the fight against antimicrobial resistance in food animals with advanced computer modelling, the scope of research taking place at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) is demonstrated by the work of its graduate students.

“These research areas reflect a rich variety of disciplines, specialties and collaborations that aptly represent the WCVM’s multidisciplinary research program,” says Dr. Gillian Muir, dean of the WCVM.

Fourteen WCVM students will receive their Master of Science (MSc) degrees while four students will receive their Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees during the University of Saskatchewan’s Fall Convocation ceremonies. One student will receive a Master of Veterinary Science degree.

In addition to the degree presentations, 10 veterinarians will receive graduate certificates marking the completion of their one-year clinical internships (rotating and specialty internships) that were completed in the WCVM’s Veterinary Medical Centre during the previous year.

The WCVM has served as a training location for veterinary specialists for much of its 56-year history and has evolved into an important hub for research in the biomedical and veterinary sciences, drawing together a diverse graduate student population of more than 150 master’s and PhD students from around the world.

These are future diagnostic professionals, who protect the food supply and public health. They’re making breakthroughs in cancer research, gleaning information that will advance human and animal treatments. They are becoming specialized veterinarians who can solve complex medical problems in animals.

“Each of our graduates have added specialized knowledge, training and connections to their ‘professional toolkits’ during their time at the WCVM and USask. Now it’s time for them to put those skills to work in new opportunities that will take them across Canada or around the world. I look forward to hearing more about the future contributions of our graduates as they develop their careers.”

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the university’s fall 2021 convocation ceremonies will be celebrated online on Nov. 10.

Click here to view a list of the students who will receive degrees or certificates at the USask Fall Convocation on Nov. 10. The list includes summaries of master's and PhD research projects and links to published theses. 
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